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Monday, August 15, 2016

Premiere: Dangermaker's New Single "I Won't Let You Down" Is A Love Song, But It's Definitely Not Mushy

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 10:43 AM

Dark-pop quartet Dangermaker aren't known for crafting love songs. Formed in 2008, the San Francisco band has released three EPs and one full-length album, all the while managing to avoid the mushy topic of love, focusing instead on subjects related to personal struggles and growth. 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Premiere: Spooky Mansion's Single "Mrs. John" is a Rollicking Guitar Ballad Dolled Up in Makeup

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 11:37 AM

  • Kelly Diepenbrock

Every musician has their own methods of writing songs and getting inspired. For Grayson Converse, the singer/guitarist of San Francisco surf rock band Spooky Mansion, removing his wisdom teeth is his key to writing songs.

“A long time ago, I had one of my wisdom teeth taken out and they gave me a lot of painkillers,” Converse says. “I was on these painkillers for like a week, and I just started recording and writing songs. I was so relaxed! I wrote fucking 15 songs! So I got my next wisdom tooth out and like a formula, I went back down and wrote another 15 songs. I’ve got two more – I’m waiting for the next album!”

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Premiere: Motel Pools' "Waste Away" is More Hopeful Than it is Dejected

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 12:46 PM

The beauty of music is that you can encompass seemingly everything into one song. Such is the case with Motel Pool's latest pop-punk ditty, "Waste Away," premiered today on SF Weekly. Filled with hypnotic guitar and laidback drumming, the song will be on Motel Pool's self-produced upcoming EP, Motel Pools Vol. II, out July 15 via Suburban Rage Records, a follow-up to the band's June 2015 EP, Motel Pools Vol. I.

Motel Pools is helmed by singer-songwriter Chiara Angelicola, who recently moved back to California after spending most of her twenties in New York City. She's an old-hand at writing songs and making music, and has been in a slew of bands, ranging from electronic outfits to garage-rock acts.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Premiere: Listening to ymtk's "Workaholic" Will Make You More Likely to Dance Than Work

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:07 AM

In advance of his upcoming album, All The Right Places, East Oakland born rapper and singer ymtk has graced us today with his new slap, "Workaholics," featuring Kool John.

Ymtk (which stands for Young Murph the Kidd) now lives in Los Angeles, but his Bay Area roots run deep. As "Workaholics" shows, he frequently collaborates with NorCal artists, and All The Right Places is chock-full of features from local musicians, including Too Short, Marc E. Bassy, Rexx Life Raj, and Iamsu! 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Premiere: Fialta's "Another Lonely Heart" is a Catchy, Electro-Pop Ditty

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 10:06 AM

  • Jered Scott
  • Fialta

Musicians have a thing for dating fellow musicians. Cases in point: Gwen Stefani dated her fellow No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal before marrying (and eventually divorcing) Bush guitarist and lead singer Gavin Rossdale; Nicki Minaj is dating fellow rapper Meek Mill; Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez had a thing; and Taylor Swift has a long list of past lovers who are also musicians. 

That said, it's not earth shattering when a band consists of two musicians who are in a relationship. Multiply that by two, however, and the situation gets a bit more rare. 

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Premiere: Royal Jelly Jive's Stand Up is a Blast From The Past, With a Nouveau Twist

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 10:28 AM

  • Tom Dellinger

In Royal Jelly Jive's new album, Stand Up, jazzy, cabaret sounds blend with hints of funk, traces of rock, and smidgens of soul to create a unique album that is every bit as retro as it is modern. Because if there's one thing you should know about this San Francisco/Petaluma-based band, it's that they're not a throwback act. 

"Musically, a lot of throwback bands sound exactly like the time they want to sound like," says the band's keyboardist and accordionist, Jesse Lemme Adams. "But for us, we have old-timey influences, but the songwriting is really modern and we have elements of hip-hop and rock and soul and stuff. When we write songs, we're not trying to write an old swing song; we're trying to write something that we would want to listen to, but it's inspired by all of our tastes in music."

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Premiere: Watch The Music Video For In Letter Form's Bauhaus-esque Track, "Edison's Medicine"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 10:18 AM

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  • Rachel Escoto
  • In Letter Form

San Francisco band In Letter Form's latest album, Fracture. Repair. Repeat., is centered around the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), and it's as moody and mercurial as you'd expect it to be.

In "Edison's Medicine," the seventh track off the album, the quartet seamlessly blends smooth guitar licks and eerie drumming into a post-punk, synth-pop ditty reminiscent of Bauhaus and Joy Division. In the gloomy black and white music video, the band performs the song on stage with the viewer in the stance of an audience member. 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Premiere: San Francisco Band Picture Atlantic Proves it Knows How to Make Upbeat Rockers with "Lord Have Mercy"

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 10:21 AM

In Picture Atlantic's new single, "Lord Have Mercy," the San Francisco band turns negative experiences into an upbeat, Arctic Monkeys-esque rocker. But the guitar-driven, indie song, premiered here on SF Weekly, is hardly the trio's first: the band formed when they were in high school and they've released two albums and three EPs, to date. 

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Premiere: The Mekanix's Music Video For "Crusin' And Mobbin'" Will Take You On a Journey Through East Oakland

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM

  • Audible Treats
  • The Mekanix

For more than a decade, The Mekanix, consisting of producers Kenny Tweed "Tha Great" and 4 rAx, have been making iconic tracks that have redefined the Bay Area's sound. In their latest album, Under The Hood, the Oakland-based duo crafted new-age hyphy beats, replete with thumping bass lines and quacky 808's, and gathered a collection of the Bay Area's finest emcees to rap over them (including E-40, Too $hort, J Stalin, Iamsu!, Mozzy, and Philthy Rich, to name a few). 

Today, the duo are premiering the music video for their Hussalah, Keak Da Sneak, and Turf Talk featured single, "Crusin' and Mobbin,'" a dark, snap- and clap-heavy banger that you can't help but bob your head to. The Mekanix say the song came about when Husallah of the Mob Figgaz came by the studio and laid down a verse and the hook for the song. "Based on the hook, we knew we had to put some high-speed specialist on the song with him," they say, "and nobody talks that talk better than Keak Da Sneak and Turf Talk." 

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Premiere: You've Gotta Hear Lungs and Limbs' Electronic-Dance Track, "Less Ordinary"

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 10:11 AM

If you're a fan of electronic-pop music, then you've got to hear Lungs and Limbs. The Occidental-based quartet, which formed in 2013, makes smooth, synth-heavy dance tracks with catchy hooks that sound startlingly similar to Swedish electronic band, Little Dragon. 

In "Less Ordinary," the first single off their to-be-released sophomore EP Big Bang, premiered here on SF Weekly, staccato drums meld with slithering synths for an upbeat, stripped-down, '80s inspired track that you can't help but dance to. Lungs and Limbs' guitarist, Nick Tudor, produced and engineered the song in the band's horse-stable-turned-recording-space, called Make It Work Studios, where the band's fall 2015 debut EP, Lifelike, was also recorded. 

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